Welcome to the blog of Rasam Production's Rob Shaw (The Producer), charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Wrenched", jointly produced with Sam Pollock (The Director) and Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer). Here is a link to our final cut! There are various short videos and vod/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions! Remember there are links lists on the side of this blog to make it easier to navigate to useful posts!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

RS - My original coursework pitch

Mix between: Halloween + Psycho + Home Alone
Location: Victims house, a lonely detatched house in the middle of nowhere
Lots of POV shots used
Shadows can be used to fuel the imagination, so you don't actually see the killing, you just see shadows of it happening
Gardening sheers are used as the weapon

Story: The man is looking for a job and finds one in the local newspaper. He goes to the house that the job had been advertised at to find the people advertising it are not in, however their daughter is in by herself. She explains that the job has already been taken. The girl gets a phone call and he over hears her saying she is home alone. The man is angry because he didn't get the job and knows she is alone so he goes for her.

This is evidence of me reading the pitch out in class.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

RS - Prelim Film

For the prelim we recorded a film in which we broke the 180 degree rule and can be seen here

We also recorded a film in which we didn't break the rule to see what the difference was and how important the rule is in film.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

ALL - "Groundsman" Coursework Ideas

  • Man seeking a groundsman job in the newspaper
  • Throws the paper on the kitchen table, circles the job description in red
  • Rips out a piece with the address of the house advertising a job
  • Travels to the rural house to find the people advertising the job 
  • Fades to girl on her phone talking to her boyfriend and says "i've got a free house all weekend, come round later"
  • Door knocks
  • Girl says to boyfriend "i'll call you back later" then goes to answer the door
  • Invites the man inside and says "you might want to take a seat my dads on his way...he said he will be five minutes"
  • Man sits down in the lounge, girl asks if he wants a drink. She goes off into the kitchen and gets the weapon
  • Man: "What's taking you so long?"....Girl replies: "Just give me a minute"
  • Girl looking through the draws and finds the weapon
  • She returns to the room (Over the shoulder shot)
  • POV of the man watching the TV, knife comes from behind him, in his periferal vision
  • Screen fades out like he is passing out. To end the opening.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

RS - Swede Film

 For this task we had to create a "swede" of a film, of our choice. I chose "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" which is one of my favourite films. We had to take the aspects of the film and change it so it would be humorous. Therefore, using bananas as guns, and silly costumes was the way forward! We then added the films soundtrack and added a few sound effects to make it all fit together and look better.

A swede is picking a film and recreating it on a zero budget. Therefore there is no need for high budget actors or special effects, its just a small budget and a camcorder, and you are set!. Jack Black created the "swede" in the film Be Kind Rewind (Michael Gondry, 2008), this introduced sweding to the public and made it popular.

RS - Micro Drama Film

RS - Mise en Scene Film

We were given 5 lessons to pitch an idea for a 30-60sec opening sequence; form groups having voted on the favourites; storyboard; shoot; edit; present and semiotically deconstruct. Exposition has to be primarily provided through mise-en-scene + shot selection; only 17 words of dialogue were allowed

Friday, 10 December 2010

RS - How I would improve my Prelim Task

  • The quality of acting in the prelim. It seemed a bit too unprofessional at times and a bit funny because of this.
  • Use a tripod to film it because some of the shots are a bit shaky.
  • The actors looked at the camera a few times which is a bit of a problem as it hardly ever happens in professional productions.